Oh, man. Some serious drama goes down when Jenna’s dad finds her birth control in the guest bathroom. It's totally understandable that her dad is feeling protective and worried that Jenna and Matty haven’t really talked through things enough. Being super-secure with your relationship means being able to talk about anything -- including your protection plan.
+ Why is making a protection plan so key?
The real deal is that many teens are faced with an unplanned pregnancy. Three in 10 teen girls in the U.S. will get pregnant at least once before age 20. Every single time you have sex, there is a chance of pregnancy. It doesn’t matter what position, environment, or time of the month it is -- pregnancy can happen. If you do decide to have sex, make a plan in advance -- before you are even in the situation -- to protect yourself from STDs and pregnancy. Luckily, there are a TON of protection options to choose from. There’s the pill, the patch and condoms -- just to name a few. The great thing about condoms is that they're the ONLY method that prevent BOTH pregnancy AND STDs. All of this is def a team effort -- you and your partner should both be on the same page and take care of each other and your health. Jillian agrees, “We want to take all the steps necessary. ... We need to be confident in our relationship with our boyfriends or girlfriends.”
+ Watch "Awkward." Discuss A Protection Plan.
+ What if I Want to Wait
Seriously, no biggie. This is a huge decision, and is YOURS to make. “Am I ready?” is a question that only you can answer. It doesn't have to be the school’s or even your friends’ business. It’s between you and your partner, and if they have a problem with it? Might be time to ditch them. Jillian’s character, Tamara, doesn't let peer pressure get to her. She knows exactly what she wants, and is totally down to wait for the right time and the right person to have sex. “The truth of the matter is that only about half of teenagers in high school are having sex.” Jillian reveals.
+ What Can Fans Learn from Tamara’s experiences?
Ugh, who can forget Tamara’s awful ex? Ricky cheated, lied, and Tamara kept taking him back, leaving many "Awkward." fans yelling at their TV. Jillian urges her fans not to let anyone walk all over them. “I would definitely tell my fans to be stronger than that and not to go back to a guy that keeps breaking your heart,” she says.
Don’t miss tonight’s episode of "Awkward." at 10/9c, and be sure to check out more exclusive clips and relationship tips on IYSL.